Easter Egg-cellent Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Take an untraditional spin on Easter this year! When you hide those decorative and colorfully-dyed Easter eggs, save the cartons and hurry down to your local Brookshire Brothers for fresh strawberries. These chocolate covered strawberries can be the perfect sweet treat to complement your Easter celebration!

Easter Chocolate Covered Strawberries

16 large strawberries
1 1/2 cups milk, dark or white chocolate chips
Candied sprinkles, colored sugars, etc.
Parchment paper

1. Wash strawberries thoroughly. Dry carefully by patting gently with paper towels.
2. Place chocolate chips into small, microwaveable towl with tall sides.
3. Heat bowl in the microwave on high for 30 seconds. Remove bowl; stir chips with spoon. Return bowl to microwave and continue to microwave on high for an additional 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until chocolate is melted.
4. Dipping on strawberry at a time, submerge into melted chocolate by holding the steam between your fingers.
5. Slowly remove the strawberry from the chocolate (allowing excess chocolate to run off) and place on a piece of parchment paper to dry.
6. Immediately decorate the chocolate-covered strawberry with your favorite sprinkles.
7. Allow the chocolate to cool and harden at room temperature. Serve immediately or store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

"A Bottle of Boos" - A Halloween Wine DIY

Don't throw away those wine bottles you've been drinking the past few weeks... Halloween is coming and with it comes parties. Save your wine bottles, corks, and even some of your older wine glasses, and have a Halloween DIY! Did you know you could paint, accessorize, cut, decorate, and melt wine bottles and glasses? We've got some great ideas of how to spice up your Halloween party!

Candy Corn Wine Bottle

Are you like me and can't get enough candy corn this time of year? If so, you'll love this DIY! Collect 3 similarly shaped wine bottles and paint them orange, white, and yellow to match candy corn. You could even make them a focal point or centerpiece at your get together and have a bowl of candy corn in front of the 3 bottles.

Upside Down Wine Glass Candle Holders

Frankenstein, ghosts, witches, and mummies come to life in this project. Using a standard wine glass, paint the entire glass with colored paint (green for Frankenstein, white for ghosts and mummies, purple for a witch) and then sprinkle glitter on the wet paint (in the same color). Let dry and create your character by adding eyes and face, hair, clothes, etc (remember to decorate upside down). Finally, use them as candle holders by displaying upside down and putting tea candles on the bottom of the glass.

Cork Pumpkin

As you're opening your wine, try to keep your corks in good condition and repurpose them to be a pumpkin. Paint or color 24 wine corks orange and let dry. Next, glue the corks in a pumpkin shape - we recommend the following pattern: 4 corks, 5 corks, 6 corks, 5 corks, 4 corks. Finally, find a cream color wide ribbon or use wide burlap ribbon and wrap around the edges and tie at the top. You've just made your first cork pumpkin!

Wine Glass Characters

By using small amounts of fabric and your imagination, you can create your party guests and friends their own wine glass character. For example, a witch can have a hat that acts as a wine glass topper and a few ribbons acting as the stem's clothes. 

Let your imagination soar and Happy Halloween!